The City of Lincoln is bringing the national mural project "Girl Noticed" to the Capital City, and nominations are now being accepted for the subject of the mural. The City is partnering with NeighborWorks Lincoln and Lutheran Family Services to bring artist Lori Pratico and photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan to Lincoln for the project, which shows the "hidden strength and importance of women in our society."
Pratico will create the mural in a 9- to 12-hour session Saturday, August 27 on the south/"N" Street wall of the new Health 360 clinic at 23rd and "O" streets. She says the charcoal murals are temporary, "conveying the message that there is a window of time to notice, otherwise things will change, fade away or go unnoticed." Pratico will also speak at Indigo Bridge Books, 701 "P" Street, at 7 p.m. Friday, August 26.
Girls and women can nominate themselves to be the subject of the mural, or residents can nominate a girl or woman of any age. Nominations are due August 20, and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org in writing or with a one-minute video. The video should begin with "I am" and end with "Notice me." The selected subject will be sked to submit photographs for the artist to consider.
"It is important to recognize the contributions girls and women make to your community every day," Mayor Beutler said. "I want to especially encourage our New Americans to share their inspiring stories of making a new life in our City." No City funds are being spent on the project.
The public is invited to watch the mural being created on August 27. The Lux Center for the Arts will have activities throughout the day at the Van de Lux in the Elliott Elementary parking lot on "N" Street. Parking will be available at the Elliott lot and the Health 360 lot. The project will also be featured on the City's cable television access channels, 5 CITY-TV and 10 Health TV.
Pratico hopes the project reaches all 50 states. At the end of the three-year project, the story of her experience along with Sanjuan's photos of the murals will be published in a book. More information is available at girlnoticed.com.